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Using Facebook to sell. Works great!

Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« on: March 11, 2013, 07:19:10 PM »
With the weather being chilly and our booth full of the knick knacks, we found a better way to unload those low-end items. Facebook users have been setting up local yard sale/garage sale sites where members post items for sale. I can easily post something for sale and have it sold within a few hours.

For example, my husband and I bought a unit the other day full old sewing and craft equipment plus a few antique furniture pieces. There was an old kenmore sewing machine in a wood cabinet. My husband wanted to junk it. I put it on the local facebook garage sale site and had it sold within 24 hours. Sold a lot of thread within 3 hours, some cheap chairs, and some mixing bowls. Total take $90 CASH. All from facebook. We're 1/3 of the way to paying for our unit and we haven't even sold the furniture yet.

The local garage sale sites seem to be better for the cheaper stuff. Haven't had any luck with the expensive furniture...yet.

Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2013, 09:04:25 PM »
I belong to one of those "yard sale" groups. I've posted quite a few items with no sales yet. I think it's just what I'm selling.. Nothing to pique the interest of the members of that group..

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2013, 08:12:49 AM »
Facebook users have been setting up local yard sale/garage sale sites where members post items for sale. I can easily post something for sale and have it sold within a few hours.

I went to Facebook and did a search for "yard sales". Three things popped up which seemed to be apps.  Then I did a search for "for sale" and maybe a dozen different topics popped up including some general and some specific like "guns for sale", etc.

Is this the kind of thing you are talking about .... using an app...or is yours more specific to your geographical area?

I need a little guidance....I think the more venues the better for moving product, even if only one in ten listings might pan out.  Thanks!


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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2013, 10:47:35 AM »
My town, the neighboring towns, and neighboring counties all have a Facebook garage sale page. You request to become a member. Then just post pictures if what you have for sale. Stuff sells quick! I sold two broken dresser drawers and a broken chair to someone who is really big into Pinterest and upcycles furniture. She wants all the broken cr*p furniture that I can find. I don't sell my high end stuff on there, I.e expensive antique and specialty items I can get more money for on eBay. My husband and I specialize in midcentury lighting and furniture. Around here people think that stuff is junk.

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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2013, 03:18:11 PM »
Try and put in "Yard Sale (your city)" That comes up with about 4 different groups for me for Raleigh.

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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013, 04:23:39 PM »
Try and put in "Yard Sale (your city)" That comes up with about 4 different groups for me for Raleigh.

Tried that per your suggestion but all it got me was web results most of which were Clist ads for yard sales; page two was the garage sale website which sends out alerts for one's area.

The Facebook approach sounds appealing, but guess someone has to get it started....not going to be me; there isn't time enough to do all that needs doing now.

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2013, 07:43:16 PM »
Search in neighboring towns too. My town is much larger than the neighboring town but our Facebook garage sale site is not nearly as good as theirs. If you can find one somewhere close, you might find some buyers.

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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2013, 05:23:30 AM »
We found one on for the area we live in called Eastern Shore Trash N Treasure, it's a group.  I did off load a couch and would of sold a dirt bike on it but I was to slow to respond.  My next thing to put on it is a washer and dryer combo.  With our's it is really busy with over 8800 members.  It's a good way to sell,or buy.  I never realized that trying to sell all this crap is like a full time job.  What I do need is it to get warm so we can have a yard sell to off load the yard sale stuff....

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Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2013, 11:30:37 AM »
I never realized that trying to sell all this crap is like a full time job.

And there it is.

Add in time for auctions,picking, researching.....it IS a full time job.

I tend to rotate.   Pick, collect, get inventory however.  Then back off and just sell.
I'll still swing by thrift shops while in selling phase.  Randomly CL stuff while in collecting phase.
But for the most part if I'm hitting auctions and estates I'm not going to spend additional time listing and meeting people.   And while selling I spend my time researching and refurbishing, fixing.....dump runs.

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Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2013, 05:10:09 PM »
I never realized that trying to sell all this crap is like a full time job.

That's why so many people fail at this in a short amount of time.

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« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2013, 08:57:08 PM »
I been buying and selling at auctions for over 30 years. Picking stuff out of dumpsters then selling the stuff in thrift shops.  I have only been doing the storage thing for a year now and it is more work, but more profit.  For me I have a full time job to pay the bills, so as long as I cover my cost I have not failed.  Like I tell people I know, it's my new hobby.  Yea, it's a lot of work but fun.  I just listed a washer and dryer and a small refrigator on face book, within the hour I got a message saying her mom will call in the am. What I think is one of the biggest help on doing this stuff for most people is this forum.  Reading the post on this forum gives you a lot of info. 

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« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2013, 02:44:19 PM »
You're so right, selling this stuff is like a full time job. I work three 12-hour shifts a week as an RN. On my days off I buy and sell. Always keep stuff listed on eBay, keep my booth full, but on my days off I hustle more to make cash sales by using CL and Facebook. Selling this stuff and making a profit is the hardest part. It takes work, knowledge, time, and people skills to sell enough to turn a profit and be successful. Buying a locker full of crap is easy. Turning it into gold is the hard part.

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Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2013, 07:49:31 AM »
There's an article that gives you the stats on how many people are on social media site globally - http://auctionstx.com/use-facebook-google-twitter-and-youtube-to-move-your-merchandise/

Facebook is a quick way to flip something with the right "audience."

Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2013, 01:59:27 PM »
I have a facebook page for my store that I link with Craigslist. I also belong to a group called Central Coast Man Stuff Exchange. Men only stuff. It is great for car parts and such. I haven't found any other good facebook pages to sell on in my are yet but I keep looking.

Re: Using Facebook to sell. Works great!
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2013, 02:23:19 PM »
You all got me thinking about this so last night I sat down with my Facebook account and started searching. I figured some things out in my area that I thought might be useful to others.

1. search your area code (805 yard sales or 805 exchange)
2. search your zip code or nearby zip codes
3. If you have a name for your whole area use that (Central Coast yard sales)
3. Try the word exchange instead of sale (most everything I found is listed as exchange)
4. Pay attention to the list on the right as you go to pages. They list other similar groups.

Hope this is helpful to others. I joined several groups last night. We shall see how they work.


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